I am 67, live in Australia, and worked as a musician/teacher until 2010 when suddenly my right eye was affected by NAION (Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy) and I lost my sight in this eye. I commenced an intravenous steroid therapy program at the Eye & Ear Hospital in Melbourne and unfortunately this did not improve the vision loss. To my regret 10 months later Ischemic Optic Neuropathy struck in my left eye and the doctors couldn’t do anything for me & exactly 14 days later I was completely blind. I was informed that if any sight was to return this would occur over the next 6 to 8 weeks & nothing else could be done for me.
Mr. Peter Rechter from Australia, who was suffered from bilateral non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy in 2010
“I would definitely think to get a new round of therapy, because this treatment has made my Life much easier“
I could not accept that nothing could be done so having sought further medical opinions and with the help of a friend we started to search the internet. It wasn’t until 2013 that we discovered that research for optic nerve damage was happening in Germany. We wrote & the following day we received an email from Dr Anton Fedorov who sent information explaining how the electrical stimulation treatment works in case ischemic optic neuropathy and its benefits with a promise that he would contact me when the trials were completed & the treatment approved. I passed this information onto my ophthalmologist, Dr Justin O’Day, who after reading the information encouraged me to go across to Germany for treatment. Approximately 6 months later Dr Fedorov contacted me and invited me to Germany for the treatment.
I remain forever grateful to Dr Anton Fedorov for his kindness, his expertise and ongoing interest in my progress and for giving me hope. I would definitely think to get a new round of therapy, because this treatment has made my Life much easier.
In May 2014 I had my treatment in Germany. This involved extensive vision field testing, which is significantly affected by ischemic optic neuropathy and electrical stimulation treatment over a 14 day period. Mid way through the treatment I noticed slight changes to my vision as in seeing objects a little clearer & noticing some colors. Two months after my return to Australia I had a follow up vision field test that showed an opening up of new pathways where there had been only blackness before the treatment. Dr Fedorov remained in contact with my ophthalmologist requesting that all relevant information regarding my progress be sent across to him. Things in my life started to become a little easier as I was now able to see my dinner plate without a light being placed over it, see the keys on the piano clearer & with the help of a special skin on the computer keyboard, along with magnifying glasses, I was able to use email once again. I was also able to walk on the treadmill without holding on & cross a road unassisted.
My later follow up examinations revealed more positive changes of my vision, affected by ischemic optic neuropathy, as my ability to see smaller letters at 1 meter and see 2 letters with both eyes which I couldn’t do prior to the treatment. After seeing the results of my field test my ophthalmologist said there was room for cautious optimism for further improvement in my vision. I am now running on the treadmill without holding on, back using my music program, composing & arranging music. I am now seeing both eyes when I look closely in the mirror as prior to the treatment I could only see my right eye and I am now able to follow my football team on the television.
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